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Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra Live at Middle East Cafe on 2004-11-03

Topics Live concert

CD 1
1. Intro
2. Gabe's New Joint
3. Who Is This America Dem Speak Of Today?
4. Dirt And Blood
5. Elephant
6. Out With The New, In With The Truth

CD 2
1. Big Man
2. Security
3. Sister
4. Sari Poom Poom (Running Fast)

Collection AntibalasAfrobeatOrchestra
Band/Artist Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
Venue Middle East Cafe
Location Cambridge, MA

Source Schoeps 4 > CMC6 > Apogee Digital MiniMe > PowerBook 15
Lineage Ultramegabitmx dither, sample rate covert at best
Taped by Eytan Bernet
Transferred by Eytan Bernet


Reviewer: Eytan - - September 21, 2009
Subject: Comments on hall
For those who know the venue, it is a tough hall. In a basement bar. Low ceilings....
I think I did the best I could given the location, using the mic mounts they have set up for us in the middle on the ceiling. I understand many of you are disappointed, but given the dearth of music on the archive for these guys and how hard it was for me to get it up here (took me over 6 months of back and forth through their "approval" process before I could post it), I think we should be happy to have some recordings of them.
Reviewer: thelegroom - - September 21, 2009
Subject: Lively!
Thanx Eytan. Decent enough recording. The music really elevates. I am playing Big Man and Sister on my radio show this week. Peace
Reviewer: SenseiEng - - April 27, 2006
Subject: Pretty okay
The sound is a little hit and miss at times but they band has lots of energy and sound pretty good, even through the less than stellar recording.
Reviewer: ebenflow - - April 18, 2005
Subject: Fela Funk From NYC
Need a soundboard from these guys to truly get that feeling. This recording is o.k., if you're hard up, but doesn't represent the concussiveness of the bass nor the richness of the horns. Too bad, cuz all of these guys can play incredibly well. Some of the bandmembers are also in Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, also from NYC. I highly recommend you check out their album too. Antibalas needs to post up a show from the Big Apple, since that's where they're based and where you'd hear the entire FULL BAND. How about it?
Reviewer: NothinTwoFancy - - April 11, 2005
Subject: check it out
If you guys are into this, with the poor sound quality and bad balance, you would love their studio stuff. I fell in love with their studio albums; the archive shows are secondary for me. Look for their albums at borders or
Reviewer: - - March 11, 2005
Subject: Great band, good sound
Love this band. The set is top notch. Funky, energetic and tight. The sound quality is excellent. It sounds like a small venue, and that adds to the intimate feel.
Reviewer: FlowFeel - - March 3, 2005
Subject: Speaking the Truth
First off - glad to see a politcally righteous band! Good show. Like it - even w/ the "talkers"
Reviewer: Jose Gaspar - - February 11, 2005
Subject: Ready For Prime Time
Amen to the following reviews. I'm giving it a five, despite the crowd noise, as the miking is about the best you can expect from a live show in this type of venue.
Reviewer: rockmountaingoat - - January 19, 2005
Subject: these guys are great
This show gets 4 stars for sound, five for performance. It seems that with a group this size it is really difficult to get a crispy recording. At any rate, this show sounds FAR better than the Bonnaroo 2003 show. There is much Bush-bashing during the performance (check the date....), but, sadly, no Indictment, which is one of the best political songs to come out in years. Overall, this is a good representation of how Atibalas can heat a crowd up into a frenzy. Check it out.
Reviewer: martonius - - December 15, 2004
Subject: good show
The sound is good given the fact that it's in a small venue. "Elephant" on CD1 stands out with good distribution of instruments and crowd noise. Smooth jams wrap up CD1. Disk two is a marathon. Overall, this show is great for any collection.
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
by Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
( 10 reviews )
Source: Schoeps 4 > CMC6 > Apogee Digital MiniMe > PowerBook 15
by moe.
Source: Schoeps MK4 > CMC 6 > Apogee Minime @ 48/24 > Powerbook AL 15
by Polyrhythmics
Source: SBD > Sony SBM-D50 @ 24x96
by Polyrhythmics
Source: SBD > Sony PCM-D50 @ 24x96
Mars Retrieval Unit
by Mars Retrieval Unit
Source: Sony PCM-D50 built in mics @ SBD 48/24 9 ft up
The Special Purpose
by The Special Purpose
Source: Sony PCM-D50 built in mics @ SBD 48/24 7 ft up
Moksha (Las Vegas)
by Moksha (Las Vegas)
Source: SBD > Sony PCM-D50 @ 24x96
John Brown's Body
by John Brown's Body
Source: Sony PCM-D50 built in mics @ stage pointing up 48/24
by Cornmeal
Source: Sony PCM-D50 built in mics 12 ft up pointing at stage 24x48
by Polyrhythmics
Source: SBD > Sony SBM-D50 @ 24x96